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Condition is in the form of P, F,
G, VG, VG+, NF, F, AN as described below.
As New (AN)
Describes a book that has been
bought new and shows no signs of having been previously owned or read.
Approaches “As New”
condition. For the use of the term, there are no
major defects, etc., and if the jacket has any minor defect, or looks worn,
this is noted.
Near Fine (NF)
Approaches “As New”
condition, but without being crisp. For the use of the term, there are no
major defects, etc., and if the jacket has any minor defect, or looks worn,
this is noted.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
Describes a book that approaches
Near Fine condition but shows some small signs of wear on either binding or paper.
Any defects are noted.
Very Good (VG)
Describes a book that does show
some signs of wear on either binding or paper but whose contents are
excellent. Any defects are noted.
Describes the average used worn
book that has all pages or leaves present. Any defects are noted.
Worn book that has complete text
pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers,
half-title, etc. Binding, jacket (if any), etc., may also be worn. All defects
Describes a book that is
sufficiently worn that is only merit is as a Reading Copy because it does have
the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates are
noted. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and may have loose
joints, hinges, pages, etc.
Advertisements placed in the
binding of the book.
See All Edges gilt.
See Autographed Letter.
All Edges Gilt
The top, for-edge and foot of the
book are coloured in gold.
See Autographed Letter, Signed.
See Autographed Manuscript,
The covering of the book’s
A book which needs to be rebound
and is worth rebinding.
An impressed mark, decoration, or
lettering, not coloured or gilded, usually appearing on the binding.
The stiff binding material for
most modern books.
The entire book sewn together
before it is bound.
Demy 8vo ... 8⅞” x 5¾”
Post 8vo ... 7⅞” x 5”
Crown 8vo ... 7½” x 5”
Demy 12mo ... 7½” x 4⅜”
Foolscap 8vo ... 6¾” x 4¼”
Demy 18mo ... 5⅞” x 3¾”
Demy 16mo ... 5½” x 4⅜”
Imperial 32mo ... 5½” x 3¾”
Foolscap 12mo ... 5½” x 3”
Royal 32mo ... 5” x 3½”
Demy 32mo ... 4¾” x 2⅞”
Crown 32mo ... 3¾” x 2½”
4to A book that is up to 12"
tall. See Quarto.
8vo A book that is up to 9 ¾"
tall. See Octavo.
12mo A book that is up to 7 ¾"
tall. See Duodecimo.
16mo A book that is up to 6 ¾"
tall. See Sextodecimo
24mo A book that is up to 5 ¾"
32mo A book that is up to 5"
48mo A book that is up to 4"
64mo A book that is up to 3"
Folio A book that is up to
Elephant Folio A book that is up
to 23" tall.
Atlas Folio A book that is up to
Double Elephant Folio A Book that
is up to 50" tall.
A tipped-in (i.e., pasted in)
page to replace a page removed after a book has been bound.
The book is hardbound as opposed
to a paperback.
Used to describe where small
pieces are missing or where fraying has occurred on a dust jacket or the edge
of a paperback.
A cloth-bound book. The covering
can be linen, buckram or another textile.
Refers to a spine which is
angled, so that the boards will not line up evenly with each other.
An identifying inscription or
emblem from the printer or publisher appearing at the end of a book.
Refers to bindings and
hand-coloured plates (generally of the period when the book was published) and
author inscription (dated the year of publication).
The binding of the book, most
particularly the front and back panels of the book.
The original cloth covers,
usually including the spine, bound into the book when a new binding is made.
Normally they are mounted as pages at the end of the book. Also refers to the
covers of books originally issued in boards or paperwraps, but in these cases
the covers are usually bound in their proper positions.
Many modern books are
smooth-trimmed after binding so that all edges are even, or flush. This is
described as having been "cut".
Decorated. Often referred to a
binding, as in dec. cl.
Another term for uncut or
The copy of the book inscribed by
the author to the person to whom the book is dedicated.
A book approximately 7 to 8
See Edition, also “Edited
The outer surfaces of the leaves
of a book.
All the copies of a book printed
from the same plates or typesetting.
A book about 23 inches tall.
The sheets of paper pasted onto
the inner covers, joining the book block to the covers. One side of the sheet
is pasted to the inside cover, the other is left free.
See End Papers.
Mistakes or errors. Generally
encountered in the term “errata slip”, a small sheet of paper laid into a
book by a publisher who has discovered errors prior to publication.
See Condition — Fine.
F, FF, fol
Front free end-paper : The end-paper that is not
attached to the inside front cover. See End Papers.
First and Second Printing before Publication
This indicates the publisher was
successful in promoting the book and had more orders before the actual
publication date than the first printing quantity would cover, therefore a
second printing was ordered. Not a first edition.
Generally used by book dealers
and collectors to mean the first appearance of a work in book or pamphlet
form, in its first printing.
First Separate Edition
The first appearance as a
complete book or pamphlet of a work that has previously appeared as part of
Means not a first edition, but
something is new. It may be revised, have a new introduction by the author or
someone else, but the first publication in paperback form, or first by another
First Trade Edition
The edition produced for general
commercial sale, as distinguished from a limited edition.
A blank leaf, sometimes more than
one, following the front free endpaper, or at the end of a book where there is
not sufficient text to fill out the last few pages.
Has several meanings: (1) a leaf
numbered on the front; (2) the numeral itself; and (3) a folio-sized book. See
Brown spotting of the paper
caused by a chemical reaction.
See End Papers.
An illustration at the beginning
of a book, usually facing the title page.
The pages preceding the text of a
book, in the following order:
bastard title or fly title
preface or forward
table of contents
list of illustrations
See Condition - Good.
See Gilt Edges.
The page edges have been trimmed
smooth and gilt, or gold, has been applied. The abbreviation ge means gilt
edges; aeg means all edges gilt; gt means gilt top; teg. means top edge gilt.
A transparent paper dustwrapper.
See Gilt Edges
Paper-cover boards with he spine
bound in cloth.
A term indicating that the spine
and the corners of a book are bound in leather, while the rest of the binding
may be cloth or paper. Also see Quarter Leather.
The page carrying nothing but the
title of the book, usually preceding the title page.
A decorative cloth band,
sometimes coloured or multicoloured, appearing inside the backstrip at the top
(and sometimes bottom) of the spine of a book.
The joint (either outer or inner)
of the binding of a book - the part that bends when the book is opened.
A term indicating the handwriting
of the author.
Ill, Ills, Illus.
A term that can refer either to
the place of publication or to the publisher.
Usually indicates a book signed
by the author, either with an inscription to a specific person or bearing some
brief notation along with his signature.
A handmade paper showing parallel
lines of the papermaking frame, visible when help up to the light.
A single sheet in a book; each
leaf contains two printed pages, one on each side.
Any book whose publication is
deliberately restricted to a comparatively small number of copies, usually
numbered and often signed by the author and/or illustrator.
An adjective describing a
flexible binding in suede or imitation leather such as that used on the early
titles of the Modern Library.
A copy of a book whose parts have
been assembled from one or more defective copies.
Paper decorated with an imitation
A work, generally short, dealing
with a single subject and usually issued in pamphlet form.
A type of leather made from
goatskins, especially suitable for book bindings because of its durability and
See No Date.
Near Fine condition. See
condition - Fine.
No date of publication mentioned
within the book.
No Place (of publication).
See No Place.
An issue of a periodical.
The right-hand page of a book,
more commonly called the recto.
A book of about 5 inches wide and
8 inches tall to about 6 x 9 inches. Octavo is the most common size for
current hardcover books. To make octavo books, each sheet of paper is folded
to make eight leaves (sixteen pages).
Out of Print.
Original. As in original binding.
Out of Print
A book no longer being printed.
Stiff cardboard covered in paper.
The practice of publishing novels
in separate monthly instalments in magazine format.
The portion of the end-paper
pasted to the inner cover of a book.
Used in paperback books, trade
paperbacks and magazines that have too many pages to be stapled. The page
edges are glued together, then placed in the covers. This is a less expensive
process than traditional book binding and stapling.
Describes a book with a picture
on the cover.
Whole-page illustrations printed
separately from the text. Illustrations printed in the text pages are called
A copy of a book actually given
by the author to someone of his acquaintance, usually with an inscription of
some sort testifying to this disposition.
The price has been clipped from
the corner of the dust jacket.
Used to describe a dust wrapper
or paper cover that is only lettered.
A small press, often operated by
one person, usually devoted to the production of small quantities of finely
This term refers to a book or
pamphlet whose printing was paid for by an individual or a group, and which is
meant for private circulation, not public sale.
Precede the published book. The
normal course of events would be galley proof, uncorrected bound proof and
advance reading copy bound in paperwraps.
Publisher or published.
The data a book is formally
placed on sale.
A book with a leather spine. Also
see Half Leather.
A book between octavo and folio
in size; approximately 11 to 13 inches tall. To make a quarto, a sheet of
paper is folded twice, forming four leaves (eight pages).
A copy of a book that is worn or
used to such a degree that it is not in good enough condition to be considered
A book that has been repaired by
getting a new spine and mended hinges.
A book that has been glued back
into its covers after having been shaken loose.
The front side of a leaf in a
bound book; in other words, the right-hand page of an opened book. Also called
Means the book has been repaired
preserving the original covers, including the spine.
When a book has ceased to sell, a
publisher may get rid of his overstock by “remaindering” the title.
The publisher will mark the
bottom edges of books sold as remainders with a stamp, a black marker, or
spray paint, which speckles the bottom.
The rear side of a leaf in a
bound book; in other words, the left-hand page of an opened book. Also called
The end paper that is not
attached to the inside rear cover. See End Papers.
See Remainder Marks.
A group of volumes with a common
theme issued in succession by a single publisher.
A small book, approximately 4
inches wide and 6 inches tall. To make it, each sheet of paper is folded four
times, forming sixteen leaves (32 pages).
An adjective describing a book
whose pages are beginning to come loose from the binding.
In bookmaking, this does not mean
the author's name written out in his hand. It refers rather to the group of
pages produced by folding a single printed sheet, ready for sewing or gluing
into a book.
See Book Sizes
A cardboard case covered in
paper, cloth or leather which holds a book with only the spine exposed.
The book’s backbone, where the
signatures are gathered. The spine is covered with the backstrip.
A narrow strip of paper usually
remaining where a leaf has been cut away.
Faded from exposure to light or
See Top Edge Gilt or Gilt Edges.
Some publishers in the nineteenth
century added a notice on the title page stating, for instance "Eighth
Thousand" to indicate a later printing. These are not first editions.
A book in three volumes, almost
exclusively used to describe Victorian novels of the late nineteenth century.
Means the plate, autograph,
letter, photo, etc., is actually attached to the book.
The title page, near the
beginning of the book, lists the title and subtitle of the book the authors,
editors, and/or contributors, the publisher or printer, and sometimes the
place and date of publication. The title page information should be used for
cataloguing (not the half-title page or covers).
Title Page Index
Used in describing periodicals,
to indicate that the title page and index are present; without a title page
and index, the volume is incomplete.
See Typed Letter Signed.
Top Edge Gilt
Usually abbreviated teg, it means
that the top edges of the pages have been covered with gold leaf or gilt
See Title Page.
See Title Page Index.
The regularly published edition.
This term is used to differentiate it from a limited signed edition of the
An adjective indicating that the
pages have been cut down to a size smaller than when originally issued.
The pages of the completed book
have not been shaved down to a uniform surface.
The leaves of the book are still
joined at the folds, not slit apart.
The pages are not numbered
(although each signature may be designated by letter).
A book that differs in one or
more features from others of the same impression, but a positive sequence has
not been established.
A thin sheet of specially
prepared skin of calf, lamb, or kid used for writing or printing, or for the
The second, or rear, side of a
leaf in a book; in other words, the left-hand page of an opened book. Also
called the reverse.
The volume of the book.
See Condition - Very Good.
Discoloration and perhaps actual
shrinking of the leaves or binding.
The band of printed paper the
length of the dust-wrapper of a book. Wrap-around bands contain favourable
reviews and are put around some copies of books. Obviously fragile, that are
of interest to collectors.
The outer covers of a paperbound
book or pamphlet. Not to be confused with “dust wrapper”.
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pressed to resemble cloth.
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